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What science reveals about keeping the mind sharp and the memory intact into old age: Helpful hints and advice on staying alert and healthy.

Low Vitamin D Raises Alzheimer’s Risk

Low levels of vitamin D — specifically, the form of vitamin D known as vitamin D3 — may double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, a new study reports. The findings come from the largest … Continue reading

How Singing Can Help People With Alzheimer’s

People with Alzheimer’s disease often tend to speak less as the disease progresses, and speech can become increasingly confused. Now a small study suggests that singing familiar songs can boost positive feelings and encourage speech and social interaction in those … Continue reading

At Risk for Alzheimer’s? Exercise May Help

Physical activity may help to protect the brain in those at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a new study showed. The findings suggest that exercise is good for the brain and may help to ward off Alzheimer’s and other forms … Continue reading

How Eating Fish May Help Our Brains

People with high blood levels of the “good” fats found in fish had more robust brains than those with low levels of those fats, a new study reports. The findings add to a growing body of evidence that eating fish … Continue reading

Exercise and a Healthy Lifestyle Reduce Dementia Risk

If you need more incentive to exercise more and eat better, consider the results of two comprehensive new studies that found that an active and healthy lifestyle may be critical in helping to keep the brain healthy in old age. … Continue reading

Simple Steps May Simplify Home Alzheimer’s Care

Among Americans with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, an estimated 70 percent are cared for at home by family members and friends. Yet most people with dementia and their caregivers skip certain personal safety and health care measures … Continue reading

Poor Sleep May Be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Lack of sleep or waking up several times during the night may be bad for the brain and may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, several new studies suggest. While a sound night’s sleep has long been advised for a … Continue reading

Earlier Alzheimer’s Diagnosis May Lead to Better Care

People with Alzheimer’s disease who were given brain scans and diagnosed early in the course of their illness did better than those who got a later diagnosis, a new study finds. They tended to get Alzheimer’s drugs earlier in the … Continue reading

Singing and Music Have Benefits for Alzheimer’s

Many people play music as a soothing balm for those with Alzheimer’s, and musical ability is often long retained into the more advanced stages of the disease. Now a new study suggests that singing may have benefits for those with … Continue reading

Speaking Two Languages May Ward Off Dementia

People who speak two languages develop Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia nearly five years later than their peers who speak only one language. It is the largest study to date to show that acquiring a language, an intellectually challenging … Continue reading